Elections for 58 Rajya Sabha seats in 16 states on March 23

Polls to 58 RS seats in 16 states on March 23

It is likely to win eight out of ten Rajya Sabha seats from Uttar Pradesh, while the Samajwadi Party may get only one.

Mayawati's party - the Bahujan Samaj Part- with just 18 MLAs in Uttar Pradesh Assemby, is not in a position to send her to Rajya Sabha.

For over less than four years, the Narendra Modi government had faced quite a few embarrassments in the Rajya Sabha thanks to the majority of the opposition, forcing it often to take the money bill route to avoid a clash in the house. "The party may not repeat any of these names and may pick up a young face for Rajya Sabha", confided a senior party leader.

Besides these, the Election Commission has also announced by-poll for the Kerala Rajya Sabha seat vacated by MP Veerendra Kumar.

The Election Commission on Friday announced that polls to 58 RS seats, including six in Bihar, will be held on March 23.

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The BJP is confident that in UP, where together its allies have 325 out of 403 Assembly seats, it could win eight out of 10 seats going to polls (against the one seat it now has ). A candidate will require a minimum of 37 votes to win. At least ten members have to be elected from the Hindi heartland of Uttar Pradesh.

As 58 MPs, including three Nominated and one Independent, are set to retire in April, the Rajya Sabha math is going to change. Currently, there are 58 members against 57 of the Congress.

In Gujarat, the BJP may retain two of the four seats with lesser numbers in the present Assembly.

The BJP leader quoted above argued that while the party has been the single-largest in Rajya Sabha since August a year ago, many important bills, including one to ban instant triple talaq and another to provide constitutional status to the other backward classes commission have not been cleared by the Upper House.

The ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is expected to increase its strength in the Rajya Sabha as one-fourth of the 245 seats in the Upper House are scheduled for polls next month. It would be a key test of whether the opposition is able to field a common candidate in some seats against the BJP.

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